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Religion ~4 min Religion was defined 200 years ago as “Real piety in practice, consisting in the performance of all known duties to God and our fellow men”. To understand what that means you might need to know how "piety" was defined at that time and what are those "known duties to God and our fellow men”?

2000 years ago James defined "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, [and] to keep himself unspotted from the world." James 1:27
I do not think the word "visit" just meant stopping by and visiting those often needy members of society but was a part of the "daily ministration" of rightly dividing much need bread from house to house.

We clearly see Paul and others bringing charitable relief all over the known world during hard times and then see Christians persecuted because they would not sign up for the "free bread" offered at the government temples of Rome. Socialism is the religion you get when you have no Religion.

The Bible tells us that:

  • Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. James 1:27

Religion was defined 200 years ago as “Real piety in practice[1], consisting in the performance of all known duties to God and our fellow men”. Religion for centuries consisted of the manner and method by which a people took care of their needy within a society or community.

During the time of Christ and the early church there was Public religion which was run through the government temples of Rome. These government-funded temples as a part of the Imperial Cult of Rome provided free food and care for the needy people of the world. Since the Christians were in the world but not of it they depended upon the Church established by Jesus Christ for their Private welfare.

The differences between these two types of welfare were at the basis of the Christian conflict. While historians like Polybius and philosophers like Plutarch made it clear that when Rome moved from the practice of Private welfare to Socialism people would lose their liberty and capacity to be a free people. Paul and David said that that welfare would be a snare.

Peter warned how the Covetous Practices of Public religion would make people Merchandise and curse their children with debt. Of course, Jesus told his followers who would eventually be called Christians not to depend on the public welfare state such Benefactors who were the Fathers of the earth.

From the beginning John the Baptist and Jesus said we were to live by faith hope and charity which Paul called the perfect law of liberty. We were told that the Corban of the Pharisees made the word of God to none effect. That Corban was a form of Public religion which was run as a socialist program through pagan government Temples which was the same error of the Nicolaitan and Balaam.

Therefore religious service was the way the people provided for the needy within a society or community according to the directives of their God or gods they have chosen for themselves.[2]

Over time Religion was redefined by men to mean what you think about a supreme being.[3]

So which definition is correct? The word religion is mentioned five times in the Bible. Only once is it mentioned in a positive sense and we find that in James 1:27.

Religion is clearly how you take care of the needy of your society but what does it mean to be "unspotted from the world"?

What is Corban?

Who are the Nicolaitan?

Is the Welfare of the people of your society provided by force or by Charity?

The Corban of the Modern Christians is their system of social security found in every nation of the world which is run through public buildings of their modern governments by men who call themselves Benefactors who require everyone to get a number if they want to make a living or even live in the world. Christian conflict has returned and as the people of the world you must join the Public religion of or expect to be persecuted by the modern Pharisee who has gone the way of Babylon and Nimrod.

The modern church has no real Daily ministration and their Charitable Practices are a mere token which is heavily spotted by their dependence upon the world. Can the modern preacher honestly say he is preaching the pure religion of Christ and the early church when he preaches the modern Corban of the world is okay which is still making the word of God to none effect.

The Modern Christian is not a doer of the word. They are still in need of repentance.

Where is your religion

Abraham, Moses, John the Baptist and Jesus and the early Church advocated a Daily ministration that was dependent on Charity only and it was not like the system of Corban of the Pharisees and Rome.
  • Do you only gather for the comfort it gives you, or do you gather to benefit others?
  • Christ came to serve, not be served. Do you desire to be served or are you coming in His name and according to His character to serve others?

If we desire His Grace but we only love those who love us then there is no Grace because it is clear we do not really believe in Him.

If we do not Repent of our Covetous Practices and are not diligently gathering together in Free Assemblies of Love for all to provide for one another in Charity according to the Perfect law of liberty then we have nothing according to Paul. According to Luke 6:32 if we only love those who love us there is no "Grace". Christ also said if you do not Forgive neither will the Father forgive you.[4]

It is not enough to hate the deeds of the workers of iniquity, but we must return to Thy first love and thy first work. To break the yoke we need to return to the ways of righteousness spoken of in Isaiah 58 which are the ways of Christ and the early Church. And His yoke is light for it is carried by our love of one another.

Abraham, Moses, John the Baptist and Christ all created Networks of charity to care for the true needy of society without force which is how they were able to help set people free. Do you gather with His Church to attend to the Weightier matters as Christ said?

  • Are you gathering in a Network of righteousness?
  • Do you come to love others or just be loved?

Early Christians found themselves in conflict with these systems of social welfare because they made the word of God to none effect. Christians had repented of their covetous nature when they received the Baptism of Christ. They heard and became Doers of the word not hearers only.

Remember Proverbs 12:24, "The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the Slothful shall be under Tribute."

We know that liberty under God is not for the covetous who are Biting one another but it is also not for the slothful. If we are not congregating together in free assemblies bound together in a broad network by faith, hope, and charity alone according to the perfect law of liberty then we are not truly seeking the Kingdom of God nor His righteousness.

Additional Research

A Challenge to Modern Religion: A Strong Delusion ~3 min

NewsWithViews: Are You Using that Word - Religion?

Pure Religion: What is it and who does it? What is all this talk about religion?

The Opiate of Religion

The Merchants of Men: The man and his religion.

Religion of the People: From the book The Higher Liberty, Sec. 40

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  1. At the same time piety was defined as the duty to your Father and Mother and through them to others within your community.
  2. Judges 10:14 Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation.
  3. Religion "the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods."
  4. Matthew 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
    Mark 11:26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.